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The Pawnshop (1916)

Charlie competes with his fellow shop assistant. He is fired by the pawnbroker and rehired. He nearly destroys everything in the shop and and himself. He helps capture a burglar. He destroys a client's clock while examining it in detail.

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Charles Chaplin

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Charles Chaplin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Pawnbroker's assistant
Henry Bergman Henry Bergman ... Pawnbroker
Edna Purviance ... His daughter
John Rand John Rand ... Other assistant
Albert Austin Albert Austin ... Client with clock
Eric Campbell Eric Campbell ... Crook
James T. Kelley ... Old bum (as James T Kelley)
Frank J. Coleman Frank J. Coleman ... Policeman
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Storyline

Charlie, the not-so-punctual and dependable pawnbroker's assistant, starts his day with his usual duties at the pawnshop--a bit of dusting; some polishing up, and above all, a lot of quarrelling with his co-worker. Before long, a customer arrives--what a fabulous opportunity for Charlie to exhibit his subtle technical skills, and to give his critical scientific evaluation with the use of a rusty can-opener. Then, another client comes, eager to see the diamonds; however, could he be a wolf in sheep's clothing? Written by Nick Riganas

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

At the Sign of the Dollar See more »

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Lone Star Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

During an early scene, attention is drawn to the calendar on the pawnshop wall, which displays a date of Thursday, March 16. March 16 fell on a Thursday in 1916 - the year this movie was made - and it is entirely possible that the scene in question was filmed on the actual date. See more »

Alternate Versions

Kino International distributes a set of videos containing all the 12 Mutual short films made by Chaplin in 1915 - 1917. They are presented by , who copyrighted the versions in 1984, and has a music soundtrack composed and performed by who copyrighted his score in 1989. The running time of this film is 25 minutes. See more »

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Good Business
16 January 2004 | by hausrathmanSee all my reviews

Charlie plays an assistant at a pawnshop with a eye for the owner's daughter and a skill for making mischief. "The Pawnshop" is perhaps least plotted of Chaplin's Mutual films. Charlie thwarts Eric Campbell's plan to rob the business, but little screen time is devoted to that story. This is a situational, or should I say, occupational comedy, where Charlie and his talented cast and crew try to make the most of a particular setting. The best sequence in the film comes when customer Albert Austin arrives with a clock to pawn. Charlie hilariously and inventively destroys the clock in his attempt to discern its value. This "business" - the ability to wring comic potential from simple everyday items - is a lost skill among modern comics. Chaplin was a master at it, and this film serves as a good example why.


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